The topics that are dear to us save lives.

Our development axes

4 essential steps for designing a new future.

When you live in a country – Guinea-Bissau, which lies in 178th place out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index and in which 87% of the population lives below the poverty line, without any state intervention -, one thing is clear.

To lift themselves out of poverty and social exclusion, our rural population must be able to access new production knowledge, a new environmental mentality, a new social organisation and new material well-being. 

All this is achieved through 4 key areas of development implemented in the Kafo Federation’s projects: food security, gender equality, social and climate crises, agroecology and traditional seed varieties. 

Find out how these topics have changed the life of thousands of rural villages in our country.

Food security and traditional seed varieties.

New knowledge for transforming territories.

Every year we save dozens of rural villages from hunger, teaching peasants and farmers more productive and sustainable farming methods, supplying drinking water to the remotest villages, offering literacy, rural business and community resource management courses including local seed heritage to women and young people.

Every trained peasant and farmer become a centre of knowledge for entire villages, fostering the dynamisation and development of society as a whole.

Agroecology and community forests.

Food sovereignty passes through respect for the environment.

We protect and enhance the local heritage through agroecology, agroforestry, safeguarding climate-resilient tree species. We combat environmental fraud, teaching young people how to recognise and report it. 

A major ally of sustainability, agroecology is based on natural cycles, preserving resources, reducing dependence on chemical substances, and is more resilient to severe climate change.

Rural gender equality.

Stronger women, a more dynamic society.

We support the right of women peasants and farmers to access the land, from which they were traditionally excluded, and funding, giving them the possibility to extend their sources of income and play a leadership role in the community. 

In a society in which 64% of the population is female, we can easily see how fundamental this is for fostering the productive and social growth of the country.

Social and climate crises.

The ability to adapt and social cohesion come together.

We help peasants and farmers to achieve self-sufficiency, even in difficult social and climatic conditions, teaching them more resilient farming methods that are more respectful of the environmental heritage. Indeed, the climate crisis is often aggravated by deforestation practices adopted to increase monocultures, which deplete the soil and the population’s food supplies. 

Trained at the school in Djalicunda, our team members reach the most remote villages, bringing new knowledge and new confidence to the rural populations.

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